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good morning. danger in the heartland. as oppressive heatwave grips the mid section with temperatures in the triple digits. warnings and advisories in 16 states, and millions looking for a way to stay cool. and the heat is not going away any time soon. over and out. london's top cop rigns under fire, caught in the middle of that tabloid hacking scandal. as billionaire media mogul rupert murdoch prepares for a grilling from parliament. and on top of the world. japan beats the u.s. team at the world cup, giving a nation battered by natural disaster and nuclear calamities a big reason
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to smile, "today," july 18th, nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," july 18th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and ann curry. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. and welcome today on this monday morning, i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt in for matt. i think we both watched that match yesterday. you've got to feel good about the u.s. team. we were disappointed, but what a performance they put on and what a great thing they did for american soccer. >> that's right. for women's soccer, particularly, bringing it to a new level of cool. men and boys, women and girls, nationwide, watching them play. i think that they're winners in that regard. >> and the japanese certainly have something to feel good about after a rough year. and i love the fact they thanked the world for the support they have had. >> and they continue to thank, actually, after every game. so it's a pretty exciting bit. in the meantime, another major story, the fact of this
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heatwa heatwave. millions of americans are sweltering in this dangerous heat and humidity today. how long will it last? how bad will it be? well, al has the forecast coming up, straight ahead. also ahead, casey anthony is enjoying her first full day of freedom today, released from jail early on sunday. how was she able to elude the media. and did her parents turn down offers to be used as decoys? an exclusive interview with one of her defense attorneys. and also, you're going to get the lucky job of sitting down with two of hollywood's most sizzling stars, justin timberlake and mila kunis headed to the marine corps ball, with some lucky service members. we'll be talking about that in a bit. >> a sneak peek at the new film. very cute. plus, we're launching a new series today we'll also be talking about. america's obsession with breasts. what is it about those things that drive men wild and make
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women crazy? it's everything you wanted to know and more about this temptress in a c cup. and yes, do not adjust your tv screen, i have turned three shades redder. >> we should switch gears quickly. let's start with the dangerous heatwave. we've got al tracking it for us. al, good morning. >> thanks for letting me follow that. i appreciate that. unfortunately, we are talking about a brutal heat that is not going anywhere soon. look at this, this core of upper level high pressure, and it is going to stay here for the next really five days, at least. some of this video we have to show you in the midwest. we are talking about strong, strong heat that will continue to last. it's not going any time anywhere soon. the heatwave will continue. you can see the brutal heat. this is all in the midwest. the big problem, besides all of the heat, it is affecting livestock, crops. we're going to have a big problem. we're going to be paying more at the gas station, at the grocery
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store, because of all of this dry, brutal heat. and it is just going to continue. here's what we're looking at. high temperatures, 103 in great bend, ft. worth, 102. 94 in washington, d.c. add the humidity, this is where the danger comes. the heat indexes are going to make it feel much worse. 99 in omaha, st. louis, 96. same in chicago. factor in the humidity levels, it's going to feel like 107 in chicago, 110 in st. louis. 116 in omaha. it will feel like 105 in oklahoma city. and the big problem, overnight lows will only drop back into the upper 70s to the mid 80s. and so as the week progresses, we're going to see that heat just continue to build as each day gets progressively worse. lester? >> all right, al, thanks. we'll get the rest of your forecast in a few minutes. now to the scandal surrounding the defunct british tabloid "news of the world" accused of hacking phones of celebrities, even murder victims. today more high-profile figures are getting caught in the
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backlash. stephanie gosk is in london with an update for us. stephanie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. it's just a year away from the london olympics, and today the police chief for the city, sir paul stevenson, had to step down, in lieu of the allegations and accusations coming away. this is the third high-profile resignation in this scandal. and there has been ten arrests so far. and it may not be over. london's top cop resigned under intense pressure after it emerged that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the former editor, neil wallace, was arrested for his connections with the phone hacking scandal last week. in stepping down, stevenson denies any wrongdoing. >> i have heard suggestions that we must have suspected the alleged involvement of mr. wallace's phone hacking. let me say unequivocally that i did not and had no reason to do so. >> reporter: stevenson says he quit because he's become a
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distraction for scotland yard, which has been criticized for its handling of the phone hacking investigation. among the accusations, their failure to notify victims, including actor hugh grant, who is now suing the department. meanwhile, rebecca brooks, the former head of the newspaper arm was the latest person to be arrested. her spokesman says she was asked to come in for questioning on sunday, but did not know she would be arrested. brooks resigned from her executive position at "news corps" friday, the same day les00ton, washer of "the wall street journal" resigned. the resignations and brooks' arrest some say could open up further criticism of rupert murdoch's son james, the head of "news corps" european operations. >> he may be vulnerable. that doesn't mean that rupert murdoch himself is vulnerable. >> reporter: on tuesday, rupert
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and james murdoch will publicly answer questions from members of parliament. the deputy prime minister told the bbc exactly what the government wants to hear from the head of "news corps." >> i think he needs to come absolutely clean, about what he knew, about what his senior executives knew. >> reporter: "news corps" published two full-page advertisements in the british press over the weekend, one an apology directly from murdoch. the second, a list of what "news corps" will do to make it right and an admission. "apologizing for our mistakes and fixing them are only first steps", the statement reads. "it may take some time for us to rebuild trust." nbc news spoke with a spokesman. contacting scotland yard asking if she could assist. they said she was not on the radar. her arrest, he says, came as a complete surprise. lester? >> stephanie gosk, thank you. michael wolff is the author of
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"the man who owns the news: inside the secret world of rupert murdoch." also director of "ad week" magazine. rebecca brooks did not see this coming. she goes in as a witness and they arrested her. the director did not see it coming. how much of a chill does this send over the company? >> it sends a deep freeze. and no one within "news corps" expected this. it's one of the interesting parts of this scandal. it's been going on for six years, a drip, drip, drip, and two weeks ago, started and smacked them in the face. and they're all, to say the very least, off their game. >> one member of parliament was quoted as saying this scandal is now laughing around murdoch's ankles. talk about him and his son. what they must be feeling right now, and if they are in potential liability here. >> i don't think it's laughing around his ankles. i think it's about to submerge his head. they are in as deep as you can. this is the fight of their life.
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and i think a lot of people feel that fight is -- is pretty much over. >> and some say -- even a bigger deal than the hacking is the fact there might have been payoffs to police here. how -- i don't want to put you on the spot about british law, but can an executive be held accountable for what wahappens beneath them? >> especially if they knew. so it's that classic scandal thing. what did they know, when did they know it? so we will certainly -- tomorrow's inquiry will begin to shed some light on that. >> likely, rebecca brooks won't say much, now that she has been arrested in that inquiry. >> that's what we hear. but both james and rupert and his father, rupert murdoch, are right there for the first time, facing -- facing questions. facing -- there's no -- rupert always goes to his own media to answer questions. this time, it's -- he's -- >> you've spoken to him in detail. is he a man who likes to be challenged?
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how will he do in front of a parliament committee? >> well, i think that's the big worry in his family, and in the company. because he is not good at this. he's not good at people challenging him. he's not good at -- he's actually a rather shy man. a rather inarticulate man. so i think suddenly face-to-face with people asking him questions, nobody knows what can happen. >> we have been following this story now for weeks. you've been following it for years. looking back, how did this happen to a company this large, and with this kind of influence? is. >> you know, i will tell you how it happened. it happened because this is what they do. this is what they've always done. this is central to the company's identity. they publish tabloid newspapers, and they stand right on the edge of the line of what's legal and what's not legal. what has changed here is the public perception, and the public tolerance. and i think that's what has caught them just completely off guard.
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>> but you say they walked -- you referred to this company. this company spans across the globe, and certainly huge interests here and brand names here in the united states. >> and you're right. it's parts -- it's this company's newspapers. but this company's newspapers are fundamental to its identity, and fundamental to the interests of its management. rupert murdoch cares about nothing so much as he cares about newspapers. >> no allegations any of this has taken place in the newspapers here in the united states, but can they be affected? can this part of his empire be adversely affected? is. >> i would say, my guess is that when all this is said and done, the newspapers will be so discredited that the company has to get rid of them. has to separate themselves from the newspapers. i would also go further than that is and say the murdoch family has probably been as discredited, and they too will have to be separated from what is otherwise a very healthy company. >> michael wolff, good to have you on. thanks so much for being here. it is now 7:11.
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once again, here's ann. lester, thanks. they suffered incredible heart ache this year, but the people of japan have a big reason to cheer today, a day after their national women's soccer team won the world cup. they knocked off the favorite americans in a game packed with drama. nbc's ann thompson is in frankfu frankfurt, germany, with more on this story. ann, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. and what a game we all saw. the u.s. team is in the air and headed back home. you know, before last night, japan had never defeated the u.s. in women's soccer. and that streak came to an end in the most gut-wrenching way. it came down to penalty kicks. sports' equivalent of the shootout at the o.k. corral. and suddenly, the americans' dream of a third world cup were over. tied one after regulation, the game went to extra time and u.s. star abbey wambach did what she does best, using her head to put the bigger, stronger, americans
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ahead. but the japan didn't flinch, getting the ball past american goalkeeper hope solo. then it was just shooter versus goalkeeper. and japan's surefootedness won the world cup. a disappointed wambach spoke to espn after the game. >> it's going to hurt for a while, but i'm proud of our team. we never gave up. and congratulations to the japan team. i think their country is very, very proud of them. >> reporter: this morning, still stung by the loss, the team boarded a bus to start the long journey home. >> i think we have a lot to be proud. and we're going back to a country that's extremely proud of us. and, you know, that means a lot. so we've got to keep our chins up. >> reporter: america is proud of this team. this dramatic journey to the final team briefly united a divided country. rallied around the flag and these women in new york. los angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt.
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where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> ann thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that
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team usa paint off of your face. >> i was working yesterday in the newsroom. no one was working. everyone was cheering. we got it on the air. let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. natalie morales is at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, lester and ann. three international service members were killed in a bombing this morning in eastern afghanistan, according to nato. this is general david petraeus hands over command of the u.s. mission there to general john allen today. the house votes this week on a tea party-backed plan to keep the government from a default of the nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. look, the entire negotiation process to raise the debt ceiling in the next two weeks is on a two-track process. a public one and a private one. you referred to the public one. right now, house republicans are going to be voting on this balanced budget amendment, trying to get that added to the constitution. it might even get a vote in the united states senate. but it has no chance of passage. but once that's out of the way,
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then the behind the scenes negotiations right now, which is all basically the united states senate, to put together some sort of process that would have some spending cuts, mixed in with this sort of legislative gymnastics that gives the president more power to raise the debt ceiling is going to get put together. i'm told by at least either the end of the week or over the weekend, they may actually have a piece of legislation in front of them. and then the game is trying to get house republicans on board to pass it. we shall see. natalie? >> all right. we'll be watching. thanks so much, chuck todd at the white house for us this morning. a tour bus accident has killed at least two people and injured at least 35 others. the bus crashed on its way to niagara falls sunday in upstate new york. police say early reports indicate a tire blowout might be to blame. hospital officials are denying reports over the weekend that ousted egyptian president hose knee mubarak had a stroke. he is in stable condition after suffering a drop in blood pressure.
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mubarak is set to go on trial in august. the epa says a ruptured exxonmobil pipeline in the yellowstone river is unlikely to release anymore oil after repairs this weekend. the pipe failed july 1st, spewing about 1,000 barrels of crude into the river. and concert-goers in ottawa say they're lucky to be alive after a stage at blues fest collapsed, injuring at least five people. bad weather was to blame for the incident that ended a cheap trick concert early. and now, let's head to wall street. cnbc's melissa francis is at the u.s. stock exchange. good morning. >> wall street is very much focused on debt talks, which as you heard are pretty much stalled right now. moody's has a suggestion to help the problems. that's the rating agency that may downgrade u.s. debt. they are saying why not do away with the debt ceiling all together? they put that in a report and said that a lot of countries don't even have a debt ceiling, so that would really eliminate the fight right here. no word if the government is taking that suggestion or not. we're also watching news corps
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stocks under pressure under this hacking scandal. investigators are trying to parse the fact only 25% of the company's revenue actually comes from newspapers. the rest is from television and satellite operations and they're trying to figure out where is the value there, and how much overlap will we see? and finally, it's a big earnings week down here on wall street. ibm reporting after the bell, so you want to listen for that one, natalie. back to you. >> we will be. melissa francis at the new york stock exchange, thank you. and harry potter worked his magic and shattered box office records this weekend. the final chapter, "harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2" earned a record $68.6 million in ticket sales and $307 million overseas and sold more post-midnight ticket screenings in history. it is just getting started. this is the biggest movie of the year, a lot of people are saying. >> i've seen it. i would see it again. i think that's the reality. they're going to be still be
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making a lot of money. i would watch you every minute of the day if >> the heat will be slowly heading our way, already expected to go to the mid- nineties in the afternoon. chance for storms tonight.
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and that's your latest weather. ann? >> all right, al, thank you. tibet's spiritual lead e the dalai lama is in new york. i sat down with him shortly after his meeting with president obama and in our wide-ranging interview, he talked about his conversation with the president, and shared his thoughts about the spirit of american resilience. the dalai lama says he offered president obama comfort. >> it's my duty to call him, show my respect. the president has some sort of difficulties. so i want to show an old
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friend's face, really. a feeling of reunion, old friend. >> the president is in a fierce struggle with his political opponents over the future of the nation's finances. what is the best way, your best advice, how to find compromise with those you deeply disagree with? >> naturally, you have some different interests regarding your own different party. but when the nation is facing crisis, those different views of political parties is secondary. now, this economic problem is not an interest on this party or that party. it's a national sort of interest. so we must work together. >> and to all americans struggling --
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>> so these times of economic difficulties, no reason to discourage americans. you must keep your spirit, your determination, and hard work. that way, you can overcome these kinds of problems. it may take time, but courage. never discourage. in spite of difficulties, you must keep your self-confidence. >> his holiness, the dally ll a llama. and later, in part two, his thoughts about china, hiand goi back to tibet. and casey anthony is a free woman today. how did she get away without a trace? we're talking exclusively to a member of her defense team. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> new accident in the parksville region. ride along harford road and joppa road, delays developing. delays on the west side of the outer loop approaching the
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security down towards 40. part of that is because as you exit from the outer loop to security boulevard, on the off- ramp, a traffic light is on flash and backing up traffic just a bit. for youke a live view and a couple of spots. first, on the west side, baltimore national pike, as the pace of things on the outer loop. we will switch over to live view of traffic in the area of white marsh. pretty big back of developing and in the past few minutes. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> whether not an issue if you are heading out this morning. this afternoon, you may want to crack the air conditioner. increasing clouds by the afternoon. high temperatures in the upper 80's it to the 90's, with high humidity. code orange from st. mary's county, to the pennsylvania border.
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this will be a concern throughout the week. chance for storms into the night. it may be an isolated storm on wednesday. temperatures just keep on a warming as we go through the end of the weak. near 100 degrees by friday. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back in 25 minutes with another live update. your kids will each take care of our class hamsters, lewis & clark. then i'll tell them the story of pluto, the sad little planet that was. i'll introduce them to some new friends, the fractions, and some cold blooded ones, the dinosaurs.
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7:30 now on this monday morning, july 18th, 2011. it's scorching here in new york city, but it's even hotter in much of the rest of the nation. we'll get al's forecast coming up in a few minutes. meantime, inside i'm ann curry with lester holt in for matt today. always great to have you here, lester. >> thank you. coming up in a moment, we'll be talking about casey anthony's waking up today as a free woman after her weekend jail release. did her parents snub her right after her release? how did she make her clean get away? we'll be talking to her defense attorney in just a moment, and ask about the details.
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also ahead, a remarkable tale of survival. it's about a florida grandmother who went out for an evening walk and ended up neck-deep in a swamp. and she was stuck there for four days. she is now free, of course. she is here in our studio for an exclusive interview, coming up in a bit. and later, lester, you don't have them, but half of the world has them. they come in all shapes and sizes. we're talking about a national obsession. breasts. and why is it this country spends so much time, money and effort talking and thinking about them? we're going to be addressing that also. >> thanks for making it clear that i don't have them. >> no, you don't. that's all right. anyway -- moving on. we've got a very serious topic to get to. we begin with casey anthony, a free woman today. her whereabouts, a secret. nbc's kerry sanders is outside the orange county jail. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, ann. after being solitary in a cell here for three years and one day, late on the -- early on sunday morning, casey anthony
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left the jail here. she got into a gray suv, was pursued for a short time by news helicopters and then casey anthony vanished. flanked by her attorney, casey anthony, wearing a bright pink shirt, skinny jeans and sneakers mouthed a simple thank you to one of the armed officers at the jail, and this just 15 seconds, she was out the front door. amid protesters' calls, casey made her way to an awaiting suv, where she flashed a slim smile, and then she and her crews sped off. some gathered here still angry at her acquittal. some chase on foot, while from above, news helicopters follow the gray suburban. >> get out of the roadway. >> get out of the street! >> reporter: deputies blocked off access, giving casey a secure route to escape the
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community's anger. >> she is not worth the time of day. after tonight, she is dead in my room. she's gone. >> reporter: the unusually high level of security, including mounted patrols, was put in place after casey's lawyers said she had received repeated death threats. the gray suburban escape vehicle, unlike that other famous chase of the white bronco on california's 405, gave airborne cameramen the slip among the buildings in downtown orlando. it's believed casey went to her attorney's office, but for a while, it appeared the suv had driven on to the tarmac at a city airport, where a private jet took off. faa records show the plane went to columbus, ohio. but there's no passenger manifest to reveal if it casey was on board. where did casey go? her attorneys won't say, her brother won't say, her parents won't say. >> we're out here for caylee. >> reporter: sunday, people
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gathered here where caylee's remains were found, all with a shared sense of anguish. >> i just keep thinking about little caylee, and how sad that her sweet little life -- she wasn't even 3 years old, and this is what she had to go through. and it just breaks my heart. i just wanted to honor this little girl's memory. >> reporter: cindy is casey anthony's mother. now, her attorney tells nbc news that when she was watching on tv, that plane on the tarmac, she texted jose baez, casey anthony's attorney, and said, "is my daughter on that plane," and she got back two simple words. "she's safe." jose baez, defense attorney, had asked george and cindy anthony, casey's parents, to get into a vehicle to create a decoy vehicle, to draw people away from wherever casey was going, but they declined. so this morning, casey anthony is free. whereabouts, unknown. ann? is . >> all right, kerry sanders,
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thank you. cheney mason is casey anthony's defense attorney, joining us with an exclusive interview. mr. mason, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> what can you tell us about where casey anthony is? >> well, not a whole lot more than jose is, other than she is safe, and we are confident about that. and very comfortable with it. >> can you confirm she boarded a plane? >> i will not confirm she boarded a plane or flew on her own. she's gone, she's safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her. >> elaborate plans. what kind of life will she have there? >> well, i'm sure that you know as well as anybody else, her life is going to be very difficult for a very long time. as long as there are so many people of a lynch mob mentality and those willing to deny the fact that a jury found her not guilty, she is going to have issues. even without that, she's got issues of dealing with the loss of her child, which she has not gotten over, and probably never will. and the fact that she spent three years locked up in a cage.
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this is very psychologically expensive for a human being, and it will take a while for her to adjust. >> will she have security? >> yes. she will have security. she has security. >> who is funding her life, sir? >> volunteers. we've had an outpouring of people offering their time and whatever they can do to try to help her. lots of people in this country, despite the mobs, do, in fact, believe in the constitution and presumption of innocence and lots of people are trying to help her. >> you mentioned these mobs. is there any part of you that understands why people can't let this go? why people are upset that she is free? >> well, yes, i do. and the good part about it is that there are those protections in our government that allow people to express their opinions, no matter how strong they are. there's a winner and a loser in most of these contests, except
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this one is a lot of losing. the fact of the matter is, there are people that are going to be upset based a lot on their ignorance or intolerance. and as i said, lynch mob vettin any offers for paid interviews, sir? i'm association we seem to have lost our technical -- that's a technical problem, and we -- forgive us for that. now let's go get a check of the weather with al. hey, al. >> oh, thank you so much, ann. and as we have a nice group of folks hanging out here -- a little on the warm and humid side. we're going to be getting worse as we move along. let's check your weather, show you what we've got for you. as we look at the week ahead, it's going to be toasty, really, through the western two-thirds -- eastern two-thirds of the country. a little cooler along the coast where a trough drops down bel
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below-normal temperatures continue there. but here in the eastern two third, two-thirds of the country, the heat continues right into the week with showers and thunderstorms just hanging in it there. that's what's going on arouns >> welcome back to the heat and humidity we know all too well. temperatures today, 90's. sunshi that's your latest weather. and did you know you can check your weather any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel on cable or online. ann? >> al, thank you so much. and coming up next, hollywood hot shot justin timberlake and mila kunis on
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choosey moms, choose jif. we're back at 7:42 with a woman who was a true survivor. kathleen shino is a grandmother of eight who got trapped up to her chin in a florida swamp for four days last month. she survived the grueling ordeal and is here for an exclusive interview. but first, nbc's lilia losucian has the story. >> reporter: the 62-year-old, grandmother of 8, enjoyed a life outdoors. >> are you going golfing? >> reporter: but she never imagined one of other daily walks would lead her to such a terrifying place. >> i was waiting until the sun
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started to go down that night to go for a walk, because it was so hot that week. i remember going for a walk. i remember getting to where the bank was. and walking behind it. >> reporter: and that's where cathy's memories stop and her nightmare began. for still undetermined medical reasons, she blacked out, waking up trapped and alone, neck-deep in murky swamp waters, and crawling on her face. fish nibbling on her flesh, limbs tangled in roots, branches and mud. >> pretty much from here up was all that was out of water. >> reporter: cathy spent four days trapped in these man grove roots, barely able to move, with water up to her chin. as you can see, rescuers had to cut her out to save her. she had no food, nothing to drink and barely any energy to cry for help. >> reporter: meanwhile, family embarked on a frantic search. >> panic. pure panic. didn't know what to think, what
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could have happened. >> i couldn't go to sleep. i had to stay awake, especially at night. >> reporter: what was going through your mind? >> that i never realized how long 24 hours really is. >> reporter: for over 90 hours, cathy tried to stay alive, until -- >> we heard, you know, "help." you know, just the word. because before that it was just -- you know, just moaning. >> reporter: coming from the area beyond their backyard, alexandra and her mother alexia fin finally heard cathy's cries, and they called for help. >> somebody is stuck in the muddy waters of the lake. and i know for a fact there is an alligator there. >> reporter: investigators couldn't believe what they found. >> when you see a human face coming out of the water there, it blows your mind. >> reporter: and were forced to use chainsaws to remove her body. while doctors and even cathy herself still can't explain how
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it happened, cathy is home from the hospital recovering with her family. >> the one thing that gives me a little bit of a laugh sometimes during the day is that people pay a lot of money to go sit in mud spas and then thinking, they're wasting their money. it's not worth crap. >> reporter: now she can laugh. now that she is safe. for "today," lilia luciano, nbc news, holiday, florida. >> reporter: cathy and her daughter are here for an exclusive interview. good morning to both of you. thanks for coming on. >> good morning. >> reporter: cathleen, first of all, tell me you didn't see an alligator. >> no, i didn't know about that until three days after the hospital. >> reporter: so we hear about this incredible story. you don't know how you end up in the swamp. once you're there, how did you assess your predicament? did you think you could easily get out? >> i tried to at first, but then i realized real quickly i couldn't. i was getting all caught up by the brampgs and the thorns so -- >> but you knew where you were at that point. >> i knew i was in water. i didn't know exactly where i
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was. >> and remarkably, had you the wherewithal to try to mark the days, the duration of your predicame predicament. how did you do that? >> every morning when the sun would come up, i would take two leaves out of the water, and i could reach two branches. one was for daytime, one was for nighttime, so in case i forget or whatever, i would know how long i was there. >> what are you thinking? as you're tracking the days, you're at two days, now you're at three days. what's going through your mind? >> that nobody was g me. that that was going to be it. there were times i go, maybe i'm already dead and i don't know it yet. all kinds of crazy things. >> and then christie, of course, you were desperately searching for your mom. let me go back. it's friday. you call to check on her. didn't reach her. saturday, you try again. when does panic start to set in? >> friday i talked to her in the afternoon. it was saturday i couldn't reach her at all. so by saturday afternoon, i started panicking, because she always calls me back or answers her phone. so i had my aunt beth check on
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her, because they live close by. and we were told that her car was in the garage, but she wasn't there. so by sunday morning, we were driving over and filing a police report. >> and a search takes place, and you got very, very close to where your mom was. >> yeah. i think the neighbors had helped arrange a search party. and they were actually in the area. never saw her. and the detectives were also in the area, and they were calling for her. and she had heard them. but -- >> and cathy, you heard them drive by, heard them call? >> that tuesday morning, yes, i heard them. and i knew they were very close. but i couldn't respond verbally. by the time i could, they were already gone. >> and the neighbors who found you, they heard -- what they described as a moaning at first, and then you were able to get some words out. >> yes. >> how are you? you spent some good time in the hospital. physically, how are you doing? >> i'm getting stronger. and just trying to cope with everything and take it all in. some of it i still try to not
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think about right yet. >> have you gone back to the site? and if not, was it difficult to watch what we just showed? >> yes, that's -- this is the first time i've seen of this area. >> you've had no other medical issues that would suggest why you blacked out. >> i have some medical problems, and they're just not sure if it was any of that or something just happened. >> i know sometimes you carry a cell phone. you didn't have one this time. you both have now learned about a technology that would help someone in this case, a gps technology. quickly, tell me what it is. >> well, they assign a bracelet to you and it has a tracking device in it. and it's waterproof. that's the first thing they told us. and if she was wearing it that day, they could have found her within 15 minutes. >> project life saver device. listen, we hope you'll wear it in the future and we wish you good health and a speedy recovery. nice to have you on. >> thank you. still ahead, great tips that will save you big money in everything from travel to technology. but first, these messages.
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security boulevard, the lights are out at the off-ramp. watch for traffic lights being defective. rolling road, frederick road, we have an accident. live view in the hour out of baltimore national pike. that is patuxent be set things. we will switch to a live view of the white marsh area. once you get on to the beltway you will find slow spots. ava has a check on the forecast. >> as he stepped out the door, it is warming into the mid-70's. temperatures across the state low-to-mid-90's. plenty of sunshine earlier on. tonight, we start to talk about scattered storms. looks hot. we are expecting the temperature to 1 into the mid-nineties midweek. as we look like in the week,
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8:00 now on this monday morning. july 18th, 2011. a lot of really great people on the plaza this morning. family and friends back home. we're really glad to have them here. it's such a pretty day. in the low 70s. it's going to be a nice morning. we've got lester holt and al roker here on the plaza. matt has got the morning off. great to have the both of you here. and coming up this morning, something you both might be interested in. we're talking about breasts and america's fascination about breasts, important for nurturing our children, but have they become an object of sort of
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undue fascination, and is it possible that in tough times, in recession periods, we actually are -- the fascination actually increases? we'll be talking about that. >> i'm sorry, i wasn't listening to a word you said. >> this special is real and it's spectacular. >> somebody had to say it. thank you, al. two of hollywood's hottest actors also in the house. justin timberlake and mila kunis. they are both getting offers to attend a marine corps ball. are they ready to make two marines very happy? we'll talk about that, and, of course, their new film coming up. >> all right. and we are going to show you how you can get the best deal on everything from cars to groceries. >> well, i'm going to watch for that. before we get to all of this, let's talk about the news. natalie at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. no relief from the blistering heatwave putting a strain on
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people and power supplies in the middle of the country. heat advise hes are in effect from montana to illinois. and washington and philadelphia are bracing for temperatures and humidity this week that will make it feel like it is in the triple digits. british prime minister david cameron called today for an emergency session of parliament to brief lawmakers on the growing phone hacking and police bribery scandal. and this morning, an attorney for rebekah brooks, the former editor of rupert murdoch's "news of the world" who was arrested over the weekend said she was not guilty of any criminal offense. detectives in southern california are stumped by the discovery of a woman's body at her boyfriend's mansion, and it's not the only recent death linked to that estate. nbc's miguel almaguer joins out. miguel, good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you. this mansion is a state landmark, rich in history. but last week, the estate was surrounded by crime tape, and today it may be better remembered for two deaths.
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one still a mystery. when police arrived at this $12 million mansion outside of san diego, they say rebecca zahou's nude body lay lifeless in the courtyard, her hands tied behind her back, her feet too. detectives are unsure if her death was a suicide or a homicide. police say the man who called 911 said he found her dangling from a balcony. his brother is the victim's boy friend. >> probably only a fepercent -- >> reporter: a well-known businessman who founded a pharmaceutical company in arizona. but the morning her body was discovered, police say joanah shacknye wasn't home. >> the scene was pretty suspicious. >> reporter: adding to the mystery, police say a tragic accident took place here two days before her body was found.
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monday, jonah's son fell down a flight of stairs. zack died. police say zahou may have been the woman had who called 911. >> right now, we don't see any connection between the incidents. >> reporter: no connection, and no word on whether she committed suicide or was murdered in her b boyfriend's mansion. another twist, a prominent san diego defense attorney was seen walking into the house behind me, but would not comment. nbc hazas reached out to the brothers. neither would comment on the story. >> miguel, thank you. and now for a look on what's trending today, our quick roundup of what has you talking online. soccer fans send a record 7,000 tweets a second during the women's world cup final sunday between the u.s. and japan. japan tied the game at 2 and won with a 3-1 penalty kick shootout. facebook fans are liking the
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boy wizard box office magic. "harry potter and the deathly ha hallows 2" shattered records and is on course to become the first billion-dollar potter flick. and who knew the marine corps ball would be the hottest event of the season? marine sergeant lewis is the latest leather neck to ask a celebrity to the ball. >> i would like to take maddy white. she is funny, sweet. she is sure. >> so how about it, betty, because justin timberlake and mila kunis are here. they have accepted invitations if their schedules allow. we will put them on the spot as they speak to us live in our studio. it is 8:05. now back out to al with a check of our weather. >> thank you so much. we have the dean family. planes, trains and automobiles? how did you guys get here? >> we got here by plane. >> right. where are the trains and
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automobiles? >> new york to boston on a train. >> all right. there you go. we appreciate that. where are you guys from? >> michigan. >> yeah! all right. let's check your weather, see what's going on. like the dean family. oklahoma city, okc, sunny, hot, yikes! 102 degrees today. that is toasty. we've got some showers in the pacific northwest. tropic tropical storm bret not causing any problems. that's the good news. risk of strong storms from the northeast into the great lakes and also the northern plains. showers in the pacific northwest. hit or miss thunderstorms along the gulf coast. and that heat, dangerous heat, continues. mid plains into the southwest. that's what's going on around the country. >> the heat is on as we go back into the work week. upper eighties to mid 90's. in a lot more you might as well. hott
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everybody loves men and women in uniform. so there you go. ann? >> all right, al, thank you so much. coming up, we've got a couple movie stars in the house. we're talking about justin timberlake and mila kunis on their movie "friends with benefits" and also invitations to the marine corps ball. the network -- a network of possibilities. in here, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network...
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>> it's a flash mob. >> do people get paid for this? >> no, no, they do it for fun. it's nice to feel like you're a part of something. new york can be a little bit lonely at times. >> and you're trying to sell me on it. >> every place can be a bit lonely sometimes. ♪ new york >> i'm in. mila kunis, justin timberlake, good morning to both of you. thanks for coming on. >> that was a good freeze right there. i'm it. >> there was another second, and you would have nailed that. >> it's good, it's intriguing. you want to know what i'm going to say after that. >> i want to know how you got times square to be clear for that scene. >> it was the middle of the night, and wasn't as clear as you think it was. >> yeah, there was a large congregation of people. >> you shot most on location. i want to talk about the title of this movie, i've been married a long time, been out of the game. "friends with benefits." explain exactly what that means. >> i'm pretty sure it's a
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reference to borrowing money or -- i'm sure. >> i'm thinking not. >> no? >> the benefit of having a friend bake for you? make you a sandwich? >> okay. >> maybe get your oil changed in your car for you? >> i'm thinking -- i'm just going to throw in. i'm thinking it's about two people who want to have a regular friendship but get together for sex. >> someone who has been out of the game knows what they're talking about. >> someone who watched the movie. all right? let's get that out there. is that concept -- mila, is that concept even possible in real life? >> i mean, it's possible. you can do it. and if you do it, be smart about it. but i think that it's great in theory, and it's all execution. >> i love the scene where you guys decide we're going to be just friends and just have sex, and you decide to swear on a bible. in this case, it's a bible app. >> yes. >> for ipad. and then what follows is actually a very, very funny, funny, sex scene.
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you guys spend a lot of time in this movie naked. >> we actually are more clothed than we are naked. >> uh -- >> i love it when people point that out, particularly. >> that's the scene, yeah. >> this is the scene. but how did you guys develop the chemistry and then move on to those bedroom scenes? >> those scenes were shot at the end of the production. but while all of those scenes are very awkward to shoot, we sort of found solace in the fact that we were required to make them goofy, funny, awkward. we wanted to make those scenes real, but, you know, it's kind of that thing when you're first starting to get intimate with someone, all of those awkward things happen, and as you develop a relationship with them, you go back and go, remember that, and we didn't talk about it? yeah, that happened. >> but you're laughing through it. mila, easier to play than a romantic type scene? >> 100%. because we didn't have to be sexy or attractive. we just had to be goofy. and, you know -- be in a certain
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position. but -- >> patricia clark plays your mom in this, does a great job. she walks in when the two of you are making love at one point -- well, i guess not love, just sex. >> that was more awkward for me than anything. >> has that ever happened to you in real life? did your mom ever walk in? >> my mom is probably watching right now. i would just rather not talk about anything that might have happened to me. in regards to that. >> we won't even mention the movie then. with mom watching. >> no, we can mention the movie. i mean, that's why we're here. but -- yeah, i don't talk about that. >> i do want to talk about you -- both have become the bells of the ball. the marine corps ball. what is this -- what is the story? mila, you're going, right? >> yes. >> you got an invitation. >> you're going too. >> you got an invitation, as well. >> i got an invitation to a completely different ball. >> it's two separate balls. >> apparently there's multiple balls. >> yeah, the marines have a lot of balls. >> marines got balls.
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>> they do. >> semper fi has been replaced by marines got balls. >> we want to pay honor to our country and embrace their balls. >> we're attending both balls. >> mila, how did this come about? >> separately. >> separately, but together. how did the movie ball come around? >> how did the invitation come around? >> during a press junket. in the first report, it was like have you seen this youtube video? and i was like nope. and then i got a forward of it. >> and then i pressured her. >> the sergeant can thank justin for me being there now. >> you got an invitation, and you've committed, right? >> yes, yes. >> do you think we can combine the balls? >> a double date. >> yeah, like -- >> yeah, sure. i mean, well -- i'm pretty sure there is protocall if marine balls -- >> how many ball references can
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we make? >> i don't know. you guys have done pretty well. we've got to end there. justin timberlake, mila kunis, great having you guys on. >> did we just class up the "today" show? i feel like we did. >> first we want to let people know "friends with benefits" hits screens friday. but check out this segue. why americans are so obsessed with breasts. you can't make this stuff up. >> great, great. the "today" show! >> i'm pretty sure i have an answer for that. >> right after this. >> right after this. hey, the new guy is loaded with protein! really? 25 grams of protein. what do we have? all four of us, together? 24. he's low fat, too, and has 5 grams of sugars. i'll believe it when i--- [ both ] oooooh... what's shakin'? [ female announcer ] as you get older, protein is an important part of staying active and strong. new ensure high protein... fifty percent of your daily value of protein. low fat and five grams of sugars. see? he's a good egg. [ major nutrition ] new ensure high protein. ensure! nutrition in charge! [ major nutrition ] new ensure high protein. ♪ that comes fromove a little green leaf ♪
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in our first days, few body parts are more important than the breast. initially, a means of survival, our developing minds turn breasts into something very different. >> the human mal animal is unique in that breasts have become sexualized. you don't see male chimpanzees going for the female with the bigger breasts. >> reporter: just how much are breasts on the mind? a quick google search turns up almost 1 billion hits, more than 4 times on the brain. at new york museum of sex, the curator explains that americans are easily identifiable by their bedroom appetites. >> throughout the world, we have different body parts that we think as the ultimate sexual object. in some places, it's more of the hips and the curves of the body. here it's the breasts. >> reporter: while always an
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attraction in american culture, breasts and breast size sao seem to take on new prominence after world war ii. >> the '50s was a boom time, consumer culture was exploding, people were affluent, felt richer, feeling good. of you could correlate breast size with prosperity. >> reporter: women have been just as responsible at keeping the focus at chest level. >> these things are power! >> women are seeing sexy images and wanting to emulate that. so we're kind of perpetuating this idea of what the perfect breast is, even though chemically, biologically, we're not taught to think that only large breasts are what's attractive. >> reporter: in pursuit of perfection, breast augmentation has become a booming industry in the u.s. over a quarter of a million women a year undergo the surgery. one that is not without complications. >> little girls that are growing up in our society are watching
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us do this to ourselves. and what is that doing to the way they feel about their own bodies? ♪ my lovely little lumps >> reporter: for all of our cartoonish emphasis, showing too much is no laughing matter in some areas. >> when you expose the nipple, all hell breaks loose, and hazard that's a desecration of the super bowl halftime show. >> reporter: recently, "sesame street" pulled katy perry, thinking she showed too much cleavage. and with clothing styles becoming tighter and more revealing, as katy perry found out, showing too much cleavage can be an easy mistake, but it's difficult to undo the impression it can leave on others. ann? >> thank you so much. nalityia reagan is an
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anthropologist and we have editor in chief of "glamour" magazine. good morning to you. there are some words for, theseta ta-tas, the rack. i'm fascinated to think that -- with this information that it's possible that during tough times, we -- we are more likely or that the country might be more obsessed with larger breasts. what accounts for that? >> well, there's an idea that basically in times of economic downturn, you would be more apt to like a woman with more meat on her bones, perhaps breasts being an indicator of better fat reserve, she's going to survive a famine. i want that woman on my team. she is going to take care of kids when things don't go right. during the great depression, mae west, marlin man romonroe and tn
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in the '60s, twiggy. >> yeah, we're coming out of probably 15 years where it really was sort of about the waif, straight up and down figures, which some have naturally, but many don't. and now there's this return to this quote unquote, "mad men" silhouette, curvier. katy perry, kim kardashian, a little morva va vroom on top. >> it's confusing for women, because if your body type is not the trend of the moment, it is a sobering experience, the psychological impact on women and girls has got to be deep. >> women measure themselves against these icons, and it does have a big impact. and it filters down from women to their daughters. and they try to be whatever they think is the best. because we all -- we all want to be powerful. we all want to be desired. we all want to feel we're the
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most. and these are the -- so breasts are actually a big example of that. they represent power to women. >> no, but do they become -- are they a bigger obsession in this country than they are in other countries? natalia, what do you think? >> i think they are for a few reasons. one, obviously, there are rules restricting what can be shown on television and said on television. >> so i conservative maybe almost puritanical nature. >> i think definitely -- i don't know about you, but i tried to watch a skin movie at night, because i was curious. i had no idea what to expect. >> thanks for revealing that. what about you? >> i do not watch skin-o-max. i think that's probably true. i think the more conservative, the more we have become obsessed with those things. and fashion plays a role. and what you said hits it on the head. our bodies shouldn't be fads. we should be able to buy the bras with the flying butt reses
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or whatever you need to feel confident. but once you get into breast enhancement surgery, which is a 300% over the last few years, you have to start thinking, let's call it a day. >> it's good we are thinking and talking about this. thank you for joining us this morning. we've got >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am at mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. -- >> tracking a new accident, this rush-hour far from over. accident on the inner loop on the ramp to the northbound harrisburg expressway. you can see those delays stretch back all the way to liberty. hillen road and coldspring, another area where you may find the place. 33rd and ellerslie, ebenezer.
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delays, southbound 95 out of the white marsh area. outer loop northeast side with the accident. biggest problems but is on the inner loop. this debate you are seeing is not out of the volume. that is your inner loop delay. that switch over at greenspring. that pace continues all the way to the harrisburg again. on the ramp to the northbound harrisburg expressway as you get from the inner loop to knock out 83. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. ava has a check on the forecast. >> now is a good time to make sure air-conditioning is working in your car. in the upper eighties to mid- 90's. air quality alert, code orange. avoid strenuous activity today. high pressure is in control of least through tonight. cold front pushes through the area and a chance of storms possible through tomorrow.
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we keep on heating up as we go into the end of the week. >> we will have another update at 8:55.
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stanley! somebody help! my hero! anyone can be a hero with the new captain america cherry coolatta from dunkin'. america runs on dunkin'. 8:30 now on this back-to-work monday morning, july 18th, 2011. a warm and sunny start to the week here on rockefeller plaza. we have had great people on the plaza to go along with it. and a lot to talk about this half hour, including a doctor you will never forget. >> that's right, a cancer doctor
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dealing with tough issues. you won't believe how he manages patients to forget their troubles. we'll share that story with you. >> that's great. >> and coming up later on, chef tyler florence is here, will show us how to do an old fashion fashioned shrimp boil. >> we love him. and later, we'll help you find a bargain on everything from your next vacation, next car, prices going up with the heatwa heatwave. ways you can save. before we get to that. today is nelson mandela's 93rd birthday, a worldwide day to honor this apartheid activist. he wants us to do all something. we have actor morgan freeman here. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> and so maybe the -- if you were jumping in to help figure
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out what nelson mandela wants on his birthday, maybe you should begin by talking about your reaction when you first met nelson mandela. >> i was asked that question, what do you do when you meet somebody who is really, really up there, really great? >> bow. >> i didn't bow. good morning, mr. mandela. i'm very, very honored to meet you. and then this. >> you were speechless. >> yeah. what do you say? you know, you meet the dalai lama. o, dalai, how is it going? >> ann knows about that. >> nelson mandela spent 67 years in public service. and that is the key for what you're trying to push today. >> yeah. he is excited. he said i don't want my birthday to be an excuse to quit work, take a day off work. i'm paraphrasing him, of course.
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so we decided -- okay, what do we do? well, we know he spent six, seven years in public service. so we'll take six or seven minutes on his birthday to let everybody just take six or seven minutes and do something. do something that's going to help someone. do something that's going to help make the world a better place. six or seven minutes. hopefully, we can have every day be mandela day. but right now, on his birthday. you can do it any time you feel like it. >> and you, in fact, played mandela. so what an honor you were nominated in that role, as well. was that difficult to do? >> it was a magic moment to get the idea, to meet the guy, to find a great screen writer in tony beckham, to get a great director in clint eastwood.
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and to be able to cast myself in the role. >> you worked it. >> really quickly, the six or seven minutes, change the world, include make a friend from a different culture. how about a local animal shelter? volunteer at your local hiv organization. the list goes on. six or seven possibilities. we'll put them on our website. morgan freeman, thank you so much for being with us and telling us. >> nice to see you all. >> nelson mandela. let's get a check of the weather. >> all right. let's see what's happening, again, for the week ahead. it is going to be steamy for two-thirds of the country, cooler than normal along the west coast. by the midweek, that continues with those above-normal temperatures throughout much of the country. the latter part of the week, it gets a little more normal out west. but here in the eastern half of the country, it is going to stay well above normal. not just the temperatures, but the heat index, as well, which is a really dangerous part. that's what's going
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>> welcome back to the heat and humidity we know all too well. temperatures today, 90's. suns and ann, with this dangerous heat, you might want to check the weather channel 24 hours a day or go to for online information. >> all right, al, thank you so much. and coming up next, we have jenna bush hager introducing us to a doctor who delivers a song along with his medicine. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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brought to you by nutri-grain. eat better today. this morning on today's good news, one unforgettable doctor. he has come up with a remarkable way to help his patients cope with what could be a devastating diagnosis. today jenna bush hager is here. good morning. >> good morning, lester. in the sterile world of medicine, one doctor has a unique approach to connecting with his patients. and although he may sing to a different tune, his patients say the extra care makes even their darkest days a little brighter. >> reporter: traditional medicine. diagnosis, examination, treatment. and rock n roll? it may seem like an unlikely combination. but one san diego oncologist, dr. steven eisenberg, is finding that music truly heals. anyone who hears the words "you have cancer" is immediately thrust into a world that is filled with fear and uncertainty. and for eisenberg, delivering
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that news has always been the most difficult part of his job. being an oncologist must be a difficult job. often you have to deliver really sad news. what's that like? >> to look someone in the eye and say "this could be life-threatening and term nil" is just the hardest thing i can ever imagine doing. >> reporter: so eisenberg searched for a way to make that process a little easier. turning to something that has always helped him get through the hard times. music. >> when i was going through a health challenge myself, i entered a story-writing contest. and the prize was a song would be written for me. and it helped me so much that i had an epiphany that i have to do this for patients. and so i took my song-writing that i've been doing, and applied it to the people who needed it the most. >> reporter: an idea that has set eisenberg apart from other doctors who are often criticized for focusing primarily on the disease. not the support patients need.
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tell me about the whole process of writing the song. >> so i'll start with the interview. i'm scribbling frantically as we're doing the interview. and then i just sort of let it marinate for a day. and i might be going through my normal routine, and all of a sudden i get a little idea. and then when i finally get home at the end of the day, i'll bring out the guitar, and then the song almost writes itself. >> i'm just in a little bit of pain. >> reporter: debby hallmark has been battling lymphoma for several months and has been looking forward to hearing the song as a way to celebrate the end of a grueling chemotherapy treatment. is it strange to have a doctor who knows you and wants to get to know you so personally? >> well, it's wonderful. it's refreshing, because -- when you're with him, you feel like you're the -- his only patient. ♪ ♪ don't give up >> reporter: eisenberg made a house call to deliver her song. ♪ la la la >> reporter: but for her patients, he has been known to break out the guitar right in
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the middle of the chemo suite. >>. ♪ you've got a generous heart >> i would say the first time i broke out the guitar in the chemo room, i got a few stares, but after i explained what was going on and i was just doing a little entertainment and a little fun thing that everyone afterward said to me, "that was great, i forget i was getting chemo." it was just incredible. i knew from that point on it had to happen on a regular basis. >> reporter: and his patients agree. obviously, dealing with cancer is exhausting and makes you feel terrible. so does this song in some way kind of take away some of that pain? >> i think so. i think that's a good way of looking at it. because music to me is something that can bring joy into someone's life. ♪ >> reporter: medical professionals have long believed that music can help with healing. improve physical movement, and enrich patients' overall quality of life.
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is there any evidence that music can actually benefit your patients in any way? >> absolutely. there are research studies that show that music therapy for patients who are in pain has shown to greatly increase quality of life. ♪ she knew she had to fight >> she doesn't treat your illness. he treats you. and that's the way medicine should be. ♪ you've got a champion heart >> every patient i spoke to praised dr. eisenberg's unique approach, and they all said his unrelenting spirit helps them get through even the hardest days. >> i like this guy. >> yeah. he really, you know, pays attention to his patients, which we don't see always with doctors. >> i wonder if he plays dental appointments. that would be nice. >> brush the teeth, yeah. you like it? i could do it. >> jena bush hager, thanks. next ann sits down with the
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dalai lama. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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. tibet's spiritual leader, the dalai lama, met president obama on saturday. their first sit-down since he decided to step down. just after he met the president, the dalai lama talked to us about democracy, china, and one day returning to tibet. in his 52-year struggle for freedom in tibet since fleeing china's communist invasion -- >> basically, i believe the world belongs to humanity. >> reporter: the dalai lama has made a radical, some say shocking decision. to end tibet's four-centuries-old tradition of a religious monarchy, relinquishing all power.
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>> i deliberate re, voluntarily, proudly end that. >> reporter: allowing for the first democratically elected prime minister of tibet in ex e exile. >> that night, an unusual sleep. so that means i really felt relief from everything. >> reporter: but he is still tibet's spiritual leader. and at 76, under pressure to find his replacement. >> i think this issue we'll discuss. the next life. logically, finally, it is my business, not others' business. my next life, ultimately, i'll decide. no one else. >> reporter: you're saying that because the chinese government has forbidden you from rein c
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carnating without permission. compounding the problem, the disappearance of this boy, the boy personally chosen by the dalai lama, and was supposed to help find his successor. this boy, 6 years old, in 1995, disappeared. >> right. >> reporter: kidnapped by china. >> yes. >> reporter: which then chose its own ponchian lama. you shake your head, so this means this effects you. you feel something for this boy. >> oh, yes, of course. there are several years of some kind of house arrest. not his mistake. every week, some people are arrested, and have severe torture. >> reporter: in tibet. >> in tibet. very sad. very sad. >> reporter: well, how do you deal with your anger? >> anger is the ultimate
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destroyer of your own peace of mind. now, anger never destroys the person who creates your anger. anger simply destroys your peace of mind. >> reporter: still, no longer as bound to be diplomatic, he makes some of his most forceful comments about china's future. >> that's, i think very bad for stability. china, sooner or later, will learn these things. the whole world is turning one direction. china cannot go against that way. have to go along that trend. that's logical. the voice of openness or voice of democracy, freedom of speech. even month by month growing.
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>> and so you believe you will see tibet before you die. >> yes. >> reporter: you do. >> yes. >> reporter: the dalai lama also said he was encouraged in his meeting with the plez president, because mr. obama showed genuine concern, he said, about tibet's struggle for human rights and cultural survival. coming up, we'll take a big turn and head into the kitchen of the year before a great summer shrimp boil. that's coming up after this. but this is "today" on nbc.
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tyler florence is here with a great shrimp boil recipe. good to see you. what a great space. the first thing when i walked into this kitchen, i thought, it's functional and you can get everybody in it. >> absolutely. really excited about this. so in rockefeller center, the next week, we're going to be here with the most beautiful kitchen of the year. and we want to feel like it's the new american living room, where we can come in and relax and hang out, have a good time. and we're kind of celebrating all of our wonderful partners with "house beautiful", kitchen aid, kohler. and it's designed in mind with
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having great food. >> this is a great summer idea. >> i love this recipe, because you can really make a delicious pot. everyone loves. let's check out the broth here. this big beautiful pot. inside the liquid, water, lots of bay leaf, chili. >> lemons. >> exactly. >> so what you want to do, build up the broth first and then what's longest to co cook first so the potatoes and the corn. so get that nice little splash. >> put the corn in. >> exactly right. >> all right. so then the clams go in and then the sausage. this is important, too. you want a really good, smoky, pork fat sausage. and last but not least, you want to give this -- >> that would go for a while. >> 15-minute head start. let the clams open up.
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>> how long before you put the shrimp in? >> once you feel like this is done, turn the water off and it will absorb the flavor. >> what are you going to do about a cocktail sauce? >> it's great. everyone thinks they make a fantastic cocktail sauce, it's a simple recipe. good ketchup, prepared horseradish. a little bit of lemon juice. we've got some worcestershire sauce. and a tiny splash of our poaching liquid. good this a stir, and this is an excellent cocktail sauce. >> very simple. how long start to finish? >> once you get everything in, it's going to take probably 20, 25 minutes to make sure the clams open up, potatoes are soft. and this is where it gets cool, check this out, okay? so you've got this big pot. everyone gathered around. you've got to see the people around here. >> yeah. >> check this out. >> ooh!
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>> and this is kind of a put on the bib and dig in kind of dish. >> yeah, dig into it like a big plate of ribs. a great american -- >> it looks so great. and this is the perfect place for it, too. because the whole idea here -- i don't know if you can see, there is seating around this counter. that's why you like this kitchen. >> i love it. new york city can say hi. >> so people can say hi. >> serving this with michael mondovi in california right now. we're scoring and loving it. >> very nice. invite people to come down here, rockefeller plaza. >> come down, the doors are open, cooking all day, come down and say hi. we're loving it. >> tyler florence, always a pleasure to have you on here. great. cheers to you. good luck. coming up, how to get the best deals on everything. but first, your local news and weather.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. two people connected with the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of former gov. bob ehrlich will make appearances on the court this morning. they will be arraigned on charges of conspiring to suppress voter turnout with thousands of robocalls in largely african-american precincts. the calls told the voters
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>> al let's look at the forecast with ava marie.
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>> boy, is it going to be a hot one. mostly sunny skies later on. clouds will be increasing towards the afternoon. by tonight, a chance for thunderstorms. storms possible through tomorrow as well. by midweek, we are in the mid- 90's. by the end of the week, upper 90s. >> thank you for joining us. another update at 9:25.
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